Holland & Belgium in Bloom

Let the Dutch charm sweep you up on an itinerary full of vibrancy and tradition. From 79 multicoloured acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens, to Zaanse Schans, artistic Antwerp and quirky Amsterdam.

8 Days
Amsterdam to Amsterdam
From (CAD)
$ 4,081
Dates & Pricing

2023 Amsterdam > Amsterdam

A fascinating trip through time, this wonderful itinerary acknowledges the history of working Dutch communities, dating as far back as the 13th century, before an excursion to the Storm Surge Barrier exemplifies the excellence of modern technology. Discover what attracts art-lovers to Antwerp’s intriguing medieval heart, before technicolour Amsterdam and Keukenhof Gardens create a lasting impression on the senses.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWTU
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Amsterdam
Return City:
Amsterdam

Selected Itinerary

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Amsterdam

    Welcome to Amsterdam, where you will be met and transferred from the airport to your contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans

    This morning, you will have the opportunity to visit one of Holland’s main attractions as you venture to Zaanse Schans. Historic windmills, distinctive wooden houses and artisan workshops make up this quintessentially Dutch town, where the smell of freshly baked goods and the sight of spinning windmills offers a truly memorable experience. Alternatively, enjoy a guided bike tour to Waterland, passing picturesque scenery and iconic fields of tulips.
    Relax on board your Star-Ship this afternoon, as we welcome a local clog painter on board for a demonstration. You’ll even have the opportunity to try your hand at this unique craft, as part of our EmeraldPLUS programme.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Clog painting on board

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided bike tour to Waterland

    Included Excursion

    Tour to Zaanse Schans windmills

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    Visit to the flower auction at Royal FloraHolland in Aalsmeer (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Rotterdam

    Rotterdam is a unique example of a Dutch city, where a patchwork of different architectural styles make up the skyline following reconstruction after the air raids of WWII. Today you will have the opportunity to explore this contemporary city, which currently boasts the tallest office and residential buildings in the Netherlands. The reputation as the city of high rises has historical roots, which began with the construction of the 45-metre-high office building, the Witte Huis. Which, for quite some time, was the tallest office building of Europe.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Architectural tour of Rotterdam 

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Cycling and tasting tour of Rotterdam

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    Visit to Delft pottery factory (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - The Hague

    Today, you will visit the Hague, on the North Sea coast of the western Netherlands. The city has a beach and boasts many monuments, chic hotels and a political heart. It is also home to the International Court of Justice, sometimes known as the World Court, and has great influence on historical events worldwide. Your guided tour will include a visit to the beautiful Mauritshuis museum, home to the best of Dutch painting from the age of Rembrandt and Vermeer.
    Alternatively, those feeling more active can enjoy a guided bike tour.

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided bike tour

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour to the Hague & a visit to Mauritshuis 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Antwerp

    This morning you’ll arrive in Antwerp, Belgium’s biggest port positioned on the River Scheldt with a large harbour linking to the sea. Home to the famous Baroque artist Pieter Paul Rubens, it attracts art-lovers and diamond dealers from all over the world.
    Enjoy a guided tour of the city centre, with its café-filled cobbled lanes, admiring the Renaissance city hall and Hat Steen, a medieval fortress that was built during the early Middle Ages and is one of the oldest buildings in the country. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore Antwerp at your leisure.

    Included Excursion

    Walking tour of Antwerp

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Arnhem

    Relax in the comfortable surrounds of your Star-Ship this morning as you sail down Dutch waterways, passing wonderful windmills and quaint traditional villages. You will visit the Paleis Het Loo, which served as the Dutch royal family’s summer residence and was converted into a magnificent museum in 1984. The palace’s decorations and its gardens are absolutely stunning. Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour of Arnhem, famous for its postcard-worthy streets, scenic parks and fine museums.

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided bike tour 

    Included Excursion

    Visit to Paleis Het Loo (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Amsterdam

    Experience traditional Holland today during a visit to the beloved Keukenhof Gardens. Nestled in the middle of the region’s tulip farms, where row-upon-row of technicolour flowers stretch as far as the eye can see, the gardens boast incredible displays of millions of bulb varieties, all perfectly assembled by an expert landscape architect. 

    Included Excursion

    Visit to Keukenhof Gardens

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Amsterdam

    After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests as you disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of wooden windmills and blossoming flowers with you.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Tour to Zaanse Schans windwills
  • Guided tour to the Hague & a visit to Mauritshuis
  • Guided walking tour of Antwerp
  • Visit to Paleis Het Loo
  • Visit to Keukenhof Gardens

EmeraldPLUS
  • Clog Painting on board
  • Architectural tour of Rotterdam

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided bike tour to Waterland
  • Guided bike tour in Vlaardingen
  • Guided Bike Tour of Arnhem

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

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